Nano-bible: Entire Old Testament written on a pinhead

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Washington, Dec 22 (UNI) In a major nanotechnology breakthrough , scientists have perhaps created the smallest Bible by printing the entire Old Testament on a silicon chip smaller than a pinhead.

The 'nano-bible' created by the Scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is written on a silicon chip less than 1/1000th of an inch in size, the Science Daily reported.

The text was written using a focused ion beam (FIB) generator that shot tiny particles called Gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicone The actual ''writing'' of the full text took just 90 minutes.

The computer programme that guided the FIB, however, took more than three months.

''This research could lead to the creation of more advanced miniature structures -- and imaging -- on a nanometric scale, advances in storing information in very small spaces, and the use of DNA molecules to store information,''' said Professor Uri Sivan, who conceived the idea of this miniature.

The nano-bible will now be photographed and expand 10,000 times - and still be small enough to fit into a 75-square foot frame to be hung in the Technion Faculty of Physics.

The photograph's size will make it possible to read the entire Old Testament with the naked eye. The height of each letter will be three millimeters. The original nano-bible will be displayed next to the photograph.

UNI

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